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August 14, 2010 6:22:08 PM

Hi, I want to buy a new case that comes with a decent PSU. I was looking at the Cooler Master USP 100. But, I have read many articles saying that the PSU doesn't push out the rated power, nor is the cooling that great on the case. I would like to spend under 120$. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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August 14, 2010 6:37:04 PM

Yeah need to know what you're running....
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August 14, 2010 6:46:07 PM

The only PSU that I would trust from a case vendor is Antec.

The psu required is largely determined by the graphics card; what type of graphics do you have in mind?

Are you looking at a ATX motherboard, or something else?
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August 14, 2010 6:46:25 PM

Well I wanted them in a combo cuz I thought they would be cheaper. But I'm cool with anything under 120$.

Card: EVGA GTX 460 768MB.
CPU: AMD ATHLON II Quad @ 2.6GHZ.
RAM: 6GB DDR3 Kingston
OS: Windows 7
Resolution: 1920x1080
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August 14, 2010 6:52:15 PM

I already have a motherboard and it's form factor is ATX.
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a c 139 ) Power supply
August 14, 2010 7:02:43 PM

You're right. The PSU in that Cooler Master USP 100 case isnt the best value. Cooler Master USP 100 case review @ Tweaktown

OK......knowing your parts and seeing you have the GTX 460 that helps us narrow down the requirement.

This is what the EVGA website is a saying about GTX 460 PSU requirements:
"Minimum of a 450 Watt power supply. (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 24 Amps.) Two available 6-pin PCI-E power dongles"

So something like that Antec 300 and Antec NEO ECO 620W PSU above would be plenty of power.
If you want to spend less: OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W $65 and $15 rebate plus Rosewill DESTROYER Gaming case $45
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a c 137 ) Power supply
August 14, 2010 7:15:57 PM

WR2 said:
You're right. The PSU in that Cooler Master USP 100 case isnt the best value. Cooler Master USP 100 case review @ Tweaktown

OK......knowing your parts and seeing you have the GTX 460 that helps us narrow down the requirement.

This is what the EVGA website is a saying about GTX 460 PSU requirements:
"Minimum of a 450 Watt power supply. (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 24 Amps.) Two available 6-pin PCI-E power dongles"

So something like that Antec 300 and Antec NEO ECO 620W PSU above would be plenty of power.
If you want to spend less: OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W $65 and $15 rebate plus Rosewill DESTROYER Gaming case $45


Good advice.

Do not go cheap on the psu. A cheap case will work ok, but a cheap psu can cause you all sorts of strange problems.
My short list of quality units come from XFX,Corsair, Seasonic, PC P&C, and Antec.

Do get a case that appeals to you, otherwise you will hate it forever. It is one of the components that you will see and touch every day.
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a c 139 ) Power supply
August 14, 2010 7:18:52 PM

After checking my maths - it looks like they're the same price.
I think that Antec NEO ECO 620W PSU is made by Seasonic for Antec and uses similar internals to the SeaSonic S12II 620w PSU.
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August 14, 2010 7:37:40 PM

Well. I really like the Cooler Master case because it holds up to 4 fans (Which I already have). You may not know the answer to this, but is there anyway I could just buy the Cooler Master USP 100 case without the PSU? Cuz, now I really want this Antec NEO ECO 620W PSU.
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a c 139 ) Power supply
August 14, 2010 7:40:58 PM

We'll take a look and see what we can scare up... That Antec 300 case has 3 optional locations for fans.
What do you like about the Cooler Master USP 100 case? We can see if there are similar featured cases you can look over.
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August 14, 2010 7:57:29 PM

Lol. Red is my favorite color. And also I like that the PSU is at the bottom. And the big deciding factor is that it has 4 fans.
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August 14, 2010 7:59:52 PM

And I think that the USP 100 has a sort of "Beasty" look to it, lol. I wanted something that would appeal to me right off the bat at first glance. Like GeoFelt said, I will be touching this, and seeing this almost everyday for the life of my computer.
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a c 139 ) Power supply
August 14, 2010 8:29:48 PM

The Cooler Master website doesn't mention any similar case available without a PSU. A quick search on NewEgg didnt turn up in a red/black gaming case in your price range.

No one here is going to be happy recommending a case with the eXtreme Power Plus PSU. This review explains why better than I could:
Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 550 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets

Here is a video review: Cooler Master USP 100 Mid Tower Case and eXtreme Power Plus PSU Video Review

You'd have to think about doing a custom mod on one of the black gaming cases to get your preferred look with one of the better PSU's I think.
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a c 139 ) Power supply
August 14, 2010 8:34:34 PM

The case manufactures have a reputation (well deserved) for slipping it's low end or poorly selling PSUs into case/PSU bundles. The case or price will scream 'buy me' and people will overlook how important a good PSU can be.
Now I can't say your parts won't run 'ok' with that PSU. We just want you to understand the relative quality of what you'd be getting.
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August 14, 2010 9:20:08 PM

Okay. I think I got this figured out. I will buy the USP 100, take the PSU and sell it for about 40-50$ (If thats a good price, if not let me know plz.) Then buy that Antec PSU.

Thanks a lot guys, this helps me out tremendously. Toms Hardware sure does make this a whole lot easier on me. I just wish that I could send you all cookies :) .
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August 14, 2010 9:24:21 PM

A 'best answer' is the next best thing to cookies.
And let us know how things work out for you. We use can use your feedback to help others when they ask similar questions.
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August 14, 2010 9:25:25 PM

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